Devotional “I Can’t Get No Satisfaction”

Psalm 17:15 As for me, I will see Your face in righteousness; I shall be satisfied when I awake in Your likeness.

The Stones have made a mint with this song and caused the phrase, “I can’t get no satisfaction,” to forever be associated with their melody when it comes to our minds.  However, the concept is far from original.

Ancient writers have long conveyed their lack of ability to find satisfaction; including the Biblical writer of Psalm 17.  For some reason, this life rarely brings the complete satisfaction we long for.

Oh, there are times of great satisfaction; including the birth of a child, the achievement of a goal, being in a great relationship, or the quiet and peace found over a morning cup of coffee on your deck.  Our lives are interspersed with times of satisfaction and time of dissatisfaction.

In this case, David is seeking satisfaction regarding his enemies.  Someone is accusing him unjustly.  When shall he be satisfied?  When will they get their due?  He longs for the situation to be right.  But when will that happen?  He doesn’t know and he realizes it’s possible he won’t be satisfied.

There are times we seek this same satisfaction.  That we would be declared righteous and that our enemies would be foiled or even punished.  But it doesn’t always happen and then we are not satisfied.  Unjustness continues and we are frustrated.

So whether it is being satisfied with our life in general or satisfied regarding being treated unjustly, the result is that we are rarely given complete satisfaction – in this life.

What is the answer?

David ends this Psalm with a fantastic and fascinating conclusion.  He states he will, “be satisfied when he awakes in Your likeness.” This statement drips with meaning and theology.  In a theological nutshell, David says that all will be right in the end.  When he passes from this life to the next and sees His maker, he will be righteous, justified and satisfied.  And his enemies’ evilness will also be brought to light and made right.

John says it well in one of his epistles, “Beloved, now we are the children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.” 1 John 3:2

God has given us the promise of abundant living here, but true, long lasting satisfaction will only come when sin is completely cancelled, these frail bodies are made whole, and we see Him face-to-face.

What is the area of dissatisfaction in your life?  Someday it will be made right.  All will be whole and well.  If you know Christ, you’ll wake up and be satisfied completely.



One Response

  1. Shawn, you do an awesome job putting your thoughts on paper like this. You ought to think of getting something published. I was blessed by this thought.

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